By Edward Chaykovsky
WBA/WBC welterweight and junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs) says the critics never give him a fair shake and pour rain on ever significant victory that he gets. Mayweather returns on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in a rematch against Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather said when he dominated Juan Manuel Marquez in a one-sided fight back in 2009, critics allegedly told him that Marquez was an old man and fighting too high in weight. In 2012, Marquez was once again a welterweight and got the biggest win of his career with a knockout of Manny Pacquiao.
In 2012, Mayweather won a twelve round decision over Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds. After the fight, Mayweather says the critics allegedly told him that he beat an old Cotto. Last month, Cotto moved up in weight and easily stopped Sergio Martinez to capture the WBC middleweight title.
"Cotto is a solid competitor but we saw what happened to him against Floyd Mayweather. When he fought me, they said he was washed up. Then, he fights again and wins, and apparently, he has been resurrected. Same with Marquez," Mayweather said.
“My back is always against the ropes no matter how it plays out in the sport of boxing. If I dominate a guy they say he's over the hill. If I don't knock a guy out they say he's slow. I'm not just fighting my opponent, I'm fighting the world - the media, the critics, the haters. But it comes with the territory. "